November 14, 2011

The Ram Runway: The Best Knockoffs I’ve Ever Seen

The search for the perfect knockoff item is a long and gruesome journey that takes a lot of patience and time. When we finally do find what we have been longing for, the wait we realize was much worth it. We usually find these knock-off bags, jewelry pieces, scarves, shoes, accessories and products in department stores or, for us New Yorkers, on the streets.

Nicole, a sophomore at Rose Hill, was sporting some of the best knockoff items I have ever seen. But, her outfit also contained one item that I lusted after, and am sure most others would too. Her vibrant Missoni for Target scarf zigged zagged in hues of bright pink and yellow popped against her muted outfit. I am jealous that Nicole even got her hands on one of the Missoni for Target pieces, as the Target website crashed on the first day of sales and sold out in just a few hours!

Her black leggings and long silky beaded top from Target, along with her cropped green jacket, created a great outfit alone, but it was her accessories that really completed her ensemble. And, the best part was, these accessories were shockingly amazing knockoff pieces! First, Nicole’s black look-a-like Frye boots, which were unbelievably found at Target for $12, were a great boot to accompany her look and added a tough feel to it. Her full-finger ring (shown at right), with gold design from Forever 21, was a great jewelry statement piece. Next, her tan and brown knockoff Longchamp bag, served as her carryall, holding all her necessities. The black watch she was sporting, was also from Target, proving that luxe-looking items can be found at cheap prices.

Although knockoffs can be hard to find, especially in the style and price range we desire, the feeling we get when we finally do discover them is joyous. When we get to add these pieces to our wardrobes, which look like the real deal but cost more than half the price, it is such a fulfilling experience. Look for items such as these, at stores like Target, Forever 21, H&M, Marshall’s, Macy’s and Bloomingdales.

Alex Casolaro is currently a sophomore at Fordham University and is a Communications and Media Studies major. Alex is completely enticed with the fashion world and living in New York City has only inspired her more to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She is greatly influenced by photographing and documenting street style and keeping tabs on the happenings of the fashion industry locally and globally. Check out some of her posts at 

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